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Written by Hank Tolman   
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Table of Contents: Page Index
ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 Wireless Storage
Mobile Device Charging
Data Transfer and Media Streaming
Wireless Hotspot
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

DashDrive Air Mobile Device Charging

The ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 can do a lot. It can charge batteries, stream media from a USB drive or an SD card, and share an internet connection to up to ten devices. Starting from the top, let's get into the details of everything the DashDrive Air AE400 can do.

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First up, the DashDrive Air AE400 takes care of my wife's issue of her iPhone battery dying too quickly by providing a massive charging bank. The DashDrive Air AE400 houses a 5000mAh Li-Polymer rechargeable battery that can be used as a power bank. My wife's iPhone, for comparison, has a 1432 mAh Li-Polymer battery. That's about 3.5 times the size of the iPhone's battery.

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ADATA claims that you can charge the iPhone 4S twice fully using the battery bank on the DashDrive Air AE400. That's probably a safe estimate, as the battery bank will also be in use powering the DashDrive Air while it is charging the phone. I'd say it is very likely that you'll get more than two charges out of the DashDrive Air AE400 if that's all you are using it for.

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To put the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 into charge mode, first long press the power button to turn it on. After the DashDrive Air is on, short press the button once. This will put the AE400 into charge mode. To confirm that the device is in charge mode, the power bank indicator will turn green. The power bank indicator is the middle of the three indicators and looks like a battery with a lightning bolt on it. If that indicator is green, you are in power bank mode.

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Once the device is in power bank mode, just connect your mobile device via the USB port on the ADATA DashDrive Air AE400 and it will start charging. Interestingly enough, regardless of the mode in which the DashDrive Air AE400 was currently engaged, it continued to charge my Nexus S 4G; even when the device was supposedly in data transfer only mode. You can charge your mobile device while also using the DashDrive Air as a mobile reader, and we will explore that option in the next section.



 

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# wireless hotspot featuredarren 2013-03-25 01:53
For me the reason I think the hotspot feature is important is that it would mean if I am connected to the AE400 my tablet would have no internet. So if I have to connect to the AE400 to stream media etc and have internet at the same time then the hotspot feature is a must!
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# Good pointHank 2013-03-26 14:24
Darren, that's an excellent point. I can see how that would be very desirable in such a case.
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# AwesomeNiels 2013-04-03 05:48
When writing data to the device (through mobile) do I need to use the app
or can I use FTP (or Samba) ?

Thanks,
Niels
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# RE: AwesomeHank 2013-05-01 05:01
Sorry Niels,

I haven't tried transferring data over FTP or Samba, so I don't know if they would even recognize the device as storage. The phone doesn't act like it's connected to a system when connected to the AE400, so I'd be skeptical.
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# WebDAVRich 2013-06-06 03:18
Hi Niels, did you ever discover whether it's possible to connect via WebDAV or other means, to allow other apps to access the device? The supplied app compresses photo files and strips metadata when copying to iPhone, I want to connect through a photo syncing app to retain the full quality of photos from my dslr, for backup/upload, when out and about with my iPhone...
Thanks, Rich
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# Ethernet to wifi?Paal Joachim 2013-04-15 04:54
Hey

I plan on holding a course in a room that does not have wifi but it has ethernet. Is it possible to plugin in the ethernet cable into this device and create a wifi hotspot this way? So that the students still have wifi through this box.
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# No Ethernet PortHank 2013-05-01 04:59
Paal,

The AE400 doesn't have an ethernet port, so you wouldn't be able to hook it to a wired connection.
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# RE: No Ethernet PortNiels 2013-05-02 00:01
Use this one
##asus.com/Networking/WL330N3G/
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